A traditional gyro should be made with at least 50% ground lamb, and the rest beef. The best ground to use is one with a high fat content (this is so that during the remixing it binds and keeps it shape well!). The main flavouring ingredients should always be: garlic, onion, marjoram, rosemary, salt and black pepper. Marjoram and Rosemary are similar to oregano and thyme in flavour (respectively), and are common ingredients in Greek cooking.
1 pound ground lamb, or one of our packages of Gyros meat
1/2 cup very finely chopped (or shredded) onion
2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon dried ground marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried ground rosemary
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Mix everything together and let sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Blend in a food processor for about 1 minute. (When cooked, this will help give it a more traditional gyro feel on your palate. Otherwise, it just takes like cooked minced meat.)
Form into an oblong around a spit, and slow cook over a grill for around 30-45 minutes, cooking far from the coals, and rotating slowly. Alternatively, bake in the oven in a meatloaf shape for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, at 325 degrees F. It should be a bit dry.
Looking for gyros meat or to buy or lease a gyros machine? Please contact us. Our gyros machines range from $500 to $1500 and can be 120v 220v, natural gas or propane gas. Our Gyro meat can be delivered to your door as fast as next day. Lease machines are for foodservice locations and must meet a requirement of a certain quantity of pounds processed per week.